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innocent and guilty is not our job right here. in secrecy. with more than one hundred fifty inmates still held behind bars despite never being . they want a display place we can treat people however we want to whenever we want to take a look at the history of the facility as people across the us join the protests and the infamous prison. the white house walls of the risk of a war with iran if his initiative to impose further sanctions goes through the number of sentences backing the controversial proposal doubles. the former israeli prime minister ariel sharon age of eighty five. years and. some of his
legacies stories. from our studios and to hear this is the international with twenty four hours a day. the guantanamo bay prison turns twelve today and human rights activists have prepared a special way to mark the anniversary people across the u.s. have joined protests demanding an end to the infamous detention center something president obama promised long ago. that looks at the controversial history of the facility. hidden on a tropical island a symbol of promises made being far from promises kept will leave an appalling black mark in the history books unless the people who advocate for its continued
existence when and if they win then i. suppose that civilized values that america has will be gone forever twelve years ago the us brought to guantanamo its first detainees of the war on terror the us and powerful sections in the ruling class of the us want a place that openly defy international law it's a decision that's been made and that they want to display a place that we can treat people however we want to whenever we want to the tube is poured into the bag scandal surrounding torture and force feeding mass hunger strikes of desperation and dozens of suicide attempts that hasn't been something that has been an issue since i have been here in a facility that has long stopped making sense if it ever did spike the rhetoric it really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released and therefore that can't be true out of seven hundred seventy nine thousand is held at guantanamo in these past twelve years only seven
have been convicted and sentenced we have seen eleven prisoners released between august and december last year compared to just five men in the whole of the previous three years so it's movement but it would be unwise to think that you know we're nearly there there are hundred fifty five. and seventy six of those men were cleared for release the us struggling with what to do with them and then even bleaker future still ahead for the other seventy nine prisoners facing the abyss of indefinite detention. because they were somewhere somebody where the innocent or guilty is not our job right after a majority of detainees went on. hunger strike last year obama's administration was pushed to make baby steps again marred by double standards and overlooking the law international treaty obligations mean that we shouldn't be sending people back to countries where they face the risk of
a treatment of torture this followed in some cases but completely ignored in others two men were recently sent to algeria amid grave concerns of possible persecution on the ground the guy who was our client jamila busiek and his whole adult life basically in europe and in canada and there was really no reason why college educated guy was fluent in german and english and french and i should be sent home . and probably trapped there unable to emigrate because of the stigma of the future of some of those released over the years even more questioned and increasingly grim as media claims surfaced that the cia might have reportedly been engaged in recruiting some of the prisoners as double agents in exchange for freedom our job here is to do the safe legal humane and transparent care and custody of the detainees while an alleged tug of war between the president's will to shut the prison and congress resisting this is officially used as an excuse to avoid simply closing the place down despite obama's personal promises to do so i think the only
reason he can get away with that is by portraying it really as a credit mess you know as if this was somehow harder to do now than it was five years ago you were the president but politicians human rights organizations legal experts and common sense have long called the struggle of guantanamo prisoners but america's self-made mess of the last twelve years is already so hard to clean up there are reasons to keep it around are likely to breed more anniversaries to come and they say target our party. when is the quantum of prison steps into its thirteenth year of existence washington's attempting to cut off the already tiny stream of information coming from the site but snippets still occasionally do leak out know his. the latest letter from shark armor is the last remaining british invasion he describes the humiliating search methods used by the prison administration inmates are forced to undergo the procedure even if they just want to call their lawyer and some guards are pushing it even further searching inmates
genitals we spoke to polly ross still from the legal charity group she says the more we find out about guantanamo the harder washington tries to bury it out of sight i think we. think. we know when you are not but scrutiny and finally president romney trying to down and what happened last year with widespread hunger strike of more than one hundred detainees and we really thought the man for the first time. to was closing the prison again and the other thing you know i mean the military. preferably that kind of scrutiny and we're seeing a real deterioration and. i will always remember there were huge challenges after you've been banned that we're not trying to charge for twelve years of civilian it torture. and you're really. without without.
enough support in my experience mind all of the men i work with simply want to get on lead normal lives and join. general eleventh is now an annual day in action against the indefinite detention of the war on terror prison and we'll be covering the protests which are just getting underway now in the states and we'll have more on that later if we here on r.t. international. white house was harshly condemned the drive by u.s. lawmakers to impose further sanctions on iran over its nuclear program officials say such legislation would derail last year's historic deal with tehran and could even drag washington into a war but despite the warnings from the administration the number of senators supporting fresh penalties has doubled or has more on the growing internal bickering and where it could lead. it was just a few months ago inside the united nations headquarters where the presidents of iran and the us laid groundwork for new and positive diplomatic relations however
the historic success achieved over the past four months may soon be significantly compromised if not destroyed by america's own lawmakers according to reports fifty nine u.s. senators are now battling a new package of unilateral sanctions aimed to increase pressure on iran for its nuclear program this means that the senate is just one vote away from the sixty needed to pass most legislation with the house of representatives which is already showing strong support for economic pressure against tehran according to reports the legislation would blacklist several iranian industrial sectors and threaten banks and companies around the world with being banned from the u.s. market if they help you want to export any more oil now the provisions would only take a fact if tehran violates the six month interim deal or lets it expire without a comprehensive nuclear agreement the us president barack obama has vowed to veto
the bill if it makes it to congress but the problem is if the senate actually achieve sixty seven votes it could override a presidential veto the obama administration says additional economic restrictions could threaten a historic diplomatic opportunity with iran that's been cementing over the past few months let's remember in november world powers reached an interim deal with taking on over its nuclear program and negotiations on a final agreement are still underway not only will more sanctions compromise the success that's already been made but the white house says it will only timidly make a potential war with tehran all the more likely oddly enough at least sixteen democrats are supporting new sanctions and sadly if president obama's historic diplomatic progress with iran comes crumbling down it will be due in part to members of his own party reporting from new york. r.t.
. senate is backing the new sanctions bill claim it will serve as an insurance policy in future nuclear talks but. the policy director of the national iranian american council says all the initiative will do is undermine washington's role in any don they claim that this is not a violation of the interim deal it is a violation of the interim deal the deal says no new sanctions this imposes new sanctions there's a lot of word games being played but really it comes down to these senators don't want to see a deal they don't want to see a diplomatic solution they view this as their way or the highway either. iran completely capitulates potentially you have a regime change or something like that or the united states is going to go to war and i think that probably president obama and the u.s. negotiators would rather be focused on. go sharing with iran to get
a nuclear deal rather than having to negotiate with hardliners in the senate just to protect the nuclear deal that he's already achieved so he's in a very tough spot i think that's really undermines the position of the united states going into those negotiate negotiations because it conveys his message that the president is not in control of his own foreign policy where you can find out what agreements any sanctions against iran would jeopardize on a website all the details of the nuclear deal struck with iran in geneva at r.t. dot com. israel's former prime minister ariel sharon has died at the age of eighty five having spent eight years in a coma caused by a stroke one of the country's most iconic politicians and military leaders passed away just days after his condition worsened dramatically from the lebanon war to israel's disengagement from gaza sharon's years in politics by several historic decisions but what he's likely to be remembered for by many israelis is the controversial issue of settlements in the west bank as. reports. our real sharon
cut a divisive figure between those who loved him and those who certainly didn't but all agree i will share one was undoubtedly the father of the israeli settler movement under his guidance more than one hundred settlements were built on the gaza strip his motto to defend and preserve the jewish state israel dar was a lifelong supporter of i will shove on for twenty seven years he farmed spices and flowers in the former gaza settlement of getting a towel. he was the builder of settlements even in ours he built twenty new homes just like he did in other places we saw him as the father of the settlers and he did so much for us. but eight and a half years ago israel his wife and three children were forced out of the gaza home along with eight thousand others his hero had become his enemy. of god i feel betrayed like a husband who walked into his home to find his wife with his neighbor sharon will
most likely be praised as he should be but i would also like him to be remembered for all the things that are not so pleasant and which were critical to all of israel. for a long time champion of jewish settlements in the occupied territories came to believe they'd be more trouble than they were worth and because sharon was the one who built them it came as a shock that he was the one to destroy them at the end of the day he looks at them as instrumental for whatever needs he had at the moment when he thought that the settlers and the settlement movement were serving the needs of a stronger israel he supported them and he supported them more than anyone had but when he felt that they were no longer serving the needs of a strong israel then he turned against them so much so that he was a total disengagement from gaza despite the anger it evoked among his supporters. to return as prime minister in fresh elections but in two thousand and five he suffered a stroke from which he never recovered after withdrawing from gaza sharon ruled out
any food that unilateral withdrawal but the settlements he built continue to be a major sticking point in negotiations between israelis and palestinians are teen television. live in moscow this is r.t. international coming up later in the program for you choosing elves european countries jump off the eurovision ship one by one unable to afford to take part in times of economic hardship that story for you after a short break and also away artie's correspondent of himself with an umbrella to travel to rome to see how people there are coping with the vitalizing nature of some further friends. with. its technology innovation all the developments around russia we've got the future covered. this is
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at least twelve european countries are skipping the twenty fourteen euro vision song contest the list of participants has been getting shorter by the year and the economic troubles of the continent a seen as the main reason as. reports. good knowledge represented russia at the u. revision song contest in twenty ten despite only coming eleventh he describes his participation as a major highlight which propelled him to new heights our audience grew very very much many people get to know us and so they began to come to our concerts it was great. music experience because it was a concert on the great greatest. auditory that i could ever imagine. from drag queens to hellish creatures and some of europe's brightest
talents one of the world's most watched t.v. programs the eurovision song contest brought fame to the likes of celine dion and julio iglesias however votes have not always been spread purely for it to stick qualities say researchers from switzerland actually really shouldn't he's given us a measure of species international relations at their feet your cohesion with european countries is measuring the society and its culture. in french and what will be the market for this nation in twenty down three weeks after angela merkel pushed the creation of the european financial stability facility to bail out collapsing economies a german teenager lenna my unit was crowned the eurovision swimmer. but ironically it's the europe wide financial turmoil which is now threatening the whole existence of the contest in twenty eleven one financial turmoil was already raging in europe eurovision saw a peak participation of forty three countries next year poland and armenia withdrew from the contest in twenty thirteen there were joined by boss near turkey slovakia
and portugal this time caray share be able gary and cyprus have also jumped off the eurovision ship. and that list could expand as many simply cannot afford to take part in the future circus that is eurovision like cyprus where roughly. every fifth person is unemployed i'm not an expert on the euro region and why woods happening i'm describing the situation in cyprus and i'm not surprised that this decision has been taken and given the fact that there. are other domains i'm talking about health education culture the show's bosses say there's nothing to worry about we refresh the format and continue to do so whenever needed to keep the euro vision song contest the most popular pan-european entertainment t.v. show but at this rate of countries dropping out of the competition there would likely have to invent something very soon to keep europe's longest running song contest from losing its voice like supersets t.r.t.
reporting from moscow. not only is euro vision been losing contestants his budget has also been on the decline this year as planned cost is four times less than three years ago your vision has also lost both its significance and artistic valley according to international affairs experts said the jet coverage. the euro vision song contest has become a political as well as cultural irrelevance. became the nineties it suddenly became much more important in central and eastern europe than it used to be because many newly independent countries of the former yugoslavia and the former u.s.s.r. wanted to put their name on the panel so to say but for many many years in musical terms here to stick to. it has been rather worthless pompous
and now days both politically and culturally its significance has declined so in a period of a stereotype in the period when. modest resources have to be matched against almost on a limited requirements i believe that this decision was made by so many countries because they've concluded that your vision song contest simply does not matter on life at the moment china shapes up and ships out becomes the world's largest exporter of goods overtaking the us with more than four trillion dollars worth of trade crossing its borders take a look at the number crunching it. then or in vision section you can get the pictures of a prius clamped down on protesters in istanbul demanding justice for three kurdish women murdered in paris last year. they flocked to rome in the thousands and certainly leave their mark each day myriads of birds block out the sun above the city and leave some hard to remove stains on the ground what is going to report on
the scare tactics savvy italians use to try and keep the city's streets clean. rome one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world a popular destination for lovers art enthusiasts history addicts and. being with councils it all falls on top of cuts roads and on pedestrians it's very slippery to get tons of complaints. birds hundreds of thousands of starlings which migrate to rome from the north every year leaving their mark as they go.
shovel cargo every year this same we're surrounded by a show. the city annually spends tens of thousands of euros tackling the flying menace is species a special operation in itself ok it's so dry it's very difficult to clean it off these birds are worse than vandals it's like they're angry with me personally. but the real mission takes place at sunset dressed in protective gear and armed with a loud hailer scientists storm the bird's favorite sleeping spots and this irritating noise is none other than a recording of other starlings making a sound which warns of approaching danger the goal is to scare the feathered falls to less populated areas. we took the idea from science books it works great but only for short periods of time. but even when we do manage to scare the birds usually they just move to other residential and always come back at
sundown. of course because good issue isn't the worst problem a city has to you believe in peace with waiting to see you. it may be a good idea to grab. even if the forecast we. are to be rolled. now in some of the. members of. the golden. athens high court to protest against the questioning of. head of the party because of being arrested on charges of running a criminal organization. stripped of state funding. financial aid to political movements involved in criminal. the international organization for migration thousands of foreign nationals from the plate central african republic clashes between muslim and christian militias continue unabated
despite the resignation of the country's self-proclaimed. have been killed since the beginning of the conflict last year. a protest. in africa has turned violent people most of them police officers were injured demonstrators be protesting at the lack of jobs in the region and barricades in the streets to the faces they have put out the fire and secure the. things of state for the most. just over half an hour. breaking the international. when a country experiences a tragedy like the recent terrorism in volgograd their question is what to do about
it i mean we have to do something right let's never let a good tragedy go to waste one do a member recommends getting rid of the moratorium on the death penalty for prayers groups including terrorists because the death penalty is the perfect way to punish a suicide bomber also this duma member failed to mention high level cryptic kratz in the government as those who could possibly face the firing squad perhaps that was just an honest oversight i'm not against the death penalty in some rare instances but punishing terrorists after the fact doesn't bring victims back the focus needs to be on the source of terrorism soldiers can play around all day with weapons because the government gives them a salary weapons and training some people are recruiting arming and training new terrorists you don't need to usher in a massive surveillance state to stop terrorism or go death penalty crazy what you need to do is hit the funding and training source hard if you can i mean how many of you guys out there could make a remotely detonated bomb a c. four on your own without help almost none of you see for doesn't grow on trees
someone pays for it but that's just my opinion. how do you people have a martin and this is breaking the sat so it's no secret that the u.s. military has over five thousand nuclear warheads and up to eliminate most life on earth but it may surprise you how much it costs. just to maintain these weapons no new study from the center for nonproliferation studies just concluded that of the course of the next thirty years the u.s. will spend nearly one trillion dollars to either keep these weapons operational or
modernize them because you would know the cold war never really ended and if there's one thing we need to be spending billions of dollars on it's in the mass killing machines so all this country continues to lag behind in education income equality and sustainable energy at least we can keep the people of the world up at night knowing that the cold war is alive and well and we got our nukes and locked and loaded i look break the set. of the peace. it was a. very hard to make. sure. that he ever had sex with that hurt their little.
when people hear the word u.f.o. they tend to tune out of the term does not necessarily mean little green men from mars it's a scientific term that means unidentified flying objects and there are hundreds if not thousands of u.f.o. sightings in reports every year worldwide in fact just two days ago flights in bremen germany were grounded cancelled and i diverted to do you have photos showing up multiple times in the airports radar screen this comes on the heels of a july event that's now surfacing about a bizarre incident near london's heathrow airport where a pilot was convinced he was going to collide mid flight with a metallic object shaped like a rugby ball both incidents are still being investigated by authorities all these
reports are nothing new yet admits the many many u.f.o. hoaxes my next guest alleges that a fraction of the sightings are indeed extraterrestrial his name is dr steven greer and he's the founder of the disclosure project an organization that works with retired military and government officials in order to get congress to investigate photos as a skeptic at a lot of questions so i first asked him if he had one incident that he would pick to convince people like me that aliens have indeed made contact with earth. that's a good question because you know it's the weight of the evidence and it's like jail and find out who is the air force blue book guy he said look he says it's an embarrassment of riches we have so much material we have so much information but if you take for one case that we have in the disclosure project and that's a man who was the senior guy at the f.a.a. and they were tracking this object over alaska and it was at one point the sky and once we put the radar it would be forty fifty miles away moving.